The news that was 2010

After watching a few programs highlighting the top news according to Canadians in 2010, I thought I’d give my own 5, because we all know how much I love doing top 5 lists by now. What are your Canadian news highlights (or low-lights) of the year?

5. HST

As if our economic struggles weren’t bad enough, the Ontario and British Columbia governments had to slap the harmonized sales tax (HST) onto the majority of our bills. I wish Ontarians had a stronger backbone and stood up to the tax like those in BC.

4. Rob Ford

..err I mean..

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford <- Not something I enjoy seeing. I was so shocked to hear he was elected mayor of my city. Unfortunately this is probably the first domino to fall for a larger conservative political movement in the province. So help us all.

3. Russell Williams

Sick and Twisted – the only way to describe this guy. Good things don’t always grow in Ontario, it seems; let this one rot in Kingston Penitentiary.

2. G20

Ahh, the G20.. so much debate was seen on this event across many news networks and of course on Twitter. It brought out so many opinions on the matter of over-spending, police brutality, rights to protest, etc. Check out the blog post I wrote on the topic.

1. Vancouver Olympics

Yes, my top choice was also Canada’s top choice, but I couldn’t help it, no matter how hard I tried. For a couple weeks my tweets were probably 90% about the Olympics. Is there any one highlight? Yes of course. The Gold medal winning hockey game was my favourite, as I was downtown celebrating in the streets with the rest of Canada. GO CANADA GO!

How Twitter made me addicted to the Olympics

About a month ago, if you had asked me if I was going to watch the Vancouver Olympics (#van2010), I most likely would’ve said ‘no way, I don’t really care for them anymore.’ Let’s just say my opinion of the Olympics has been changed a full 360 degrees – thanks in large part to Twitter.

It all started with the opening ceremonies. Everyone I’ve talked to (who’s on Twitter) says reading the stream is what made it the most entertaining. Snark was out in full force that night and I’m pretty sure I was in pain a couple times from laughter. My tweets started off nice enough, then kind of degraded in to snarktown. Here are my first 5 and you can see where it went from there:

Another big part that Twitter played in my enjoying the games was the camaraderie. It’s not like I don’t experience this every day online, but when a good chunk of my followers are taking part in the same thing, I felt like I was in a bar and sharing the experience with everyone, minus the beer and deafening noise. It was great to see the flood of reactions to gold medal wins or terrible goals given up by Canadian teams.

My tweeting experience was capped off by watching the final game and event of the Olympics, the Gold medal win by Team Canada downtown at a bar with people I’ve quickly become friends with through Twitter. It was a great experience and an amazing ending to it all.

This is the first time where social media has really had a chance to shine during the Olympics and to be honest I don’t know how I’ve survived watching them without it. I can’t wait for London so we can do it all over again.

Canada’s GOLDEN Girls!

Canadian history was made with the women’s hockey team winning the GOLD MEDAL over the United States last night. That win brought the country’s record eighth gold medal and they also became the first Canadian hockey team to win a gold medal on Canadian soil.

The game itself seemed slow, but they did what it took to get the victory and played a tight defensive game to shutout the States. I really thought they’d put up more of a fight because they’ve been the team that’s Canada’s only competition, EVER. Finland, who came in third with the bronze medal, is a young team to watch and hopefully, along with other teams like Sweden and Switzerland, will become better so they can compete against the Canadians and make for a more interesting tourney. One day it’ll happen and it can only benefit the sport, even if one day it means Canada is no longer the go-to for gold.

Until then though, we’re THE OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS! GO CANADA GO!

Canada wins gold on home soil!

This is one of those stories that I’m really happy to write a post about. Today the entire country is still cheering for Alex Bilodeau who made Canadian history yesterday after winning the first GOLD medal on Canadian soil, in the Mens Mogul event at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. It’s fitting that he’s the first Canadian to win at home because he embodies great Canadian stereotypes by being so appreciative and humble in victory. I’m sure you’ve seen or will see the promo story about Alex and his older brother Frederic who has cerebral palsy. The piece shows how Alex deserves every good thing that comes to him. He quit hockey when he was younger because Frederic said skiing would be better because it’s was something the entire family could take part in. Since then Alex found his passion for moguls and now it’s lead him to golden status.

Now that we have our first home gold out of the way, how many gold, silver and bronze do you think we’ll take? So far we have one of each. I say we’ll pull in 18 (5 gold, 10 silver, 3 bronze) but I’m no expert.

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